Maria Hinojosa, longtime host of NPR's Latino USA, will present this year's Ware Lecture during the Justice General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), according to a news release. The lecture will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center on June 23.
Previous Ware lecturers have included Kurt Vonnegut and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hinojosa's speech, "Stories from the Frontlines of the New America: Detention, Deportation and the Power of Democratic Resistance," will focus on the detention and deportation of immigrants, both legal and illegal. She believes that immigration policies are wreaking havoc with the core values of who we are as a country.
Hinojosa was chosen for the honor because of her award-winning work as host of NPR's Latino USA, the nation's longest-running public affairs radio show in English addressing Latino issues, according to the release. She is the recipient of two Emmy awards, the Robert F. Kennedy award in journalism and the Studs Terkel Community Media Award.
Hinojosa is president and CEO of Futuro Media Group, based in Harlem, N.Y. Its initial production, "America by the Numbers -- Clarkston, Georgia," about one of the most diverse communities in America, will air on PBS nationwide on Sept. 21 as an Election 2012 Special Presentation.
The Ware Lecture is an annual presentation that began in 1920, when Harriet Ware bequeathed $5,000 to the American Unitarian Association.
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